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The pastors of The Churches of Rome collaborative announced they are making their first community service grant to the newly formed HOPE Alliance of Rome and Floyd County. The funds will be used to offset expenses incurred by local nonprofits providing emergency shelter and services to ck棋牌l…

Pushing away today’s occurring’s — each minute’s demand and every daily mini-intrusion needing my attention — I make room at day’s end to write. I sit at my computer with a thought I wish to share and coax it onto the page as experience and listening allow me. Quiet guards the house while I …

In many Christian liturgies this weekend we hear the story of The Road to Emmaus.

Whenever we find that our religious life is making us feel that we are good — above all, that we are better than someone else — I think we may be sure that we are being acted on, not by God, but by the devil. The real test of being in the presence of God is, that you either forget about your…

There will be a day, years from now when the sounds of children’s voices have long left our ck棋牌, when I will look back and remember an unfortunate time in the history of the world that brought some beautifully unexpected blessings.

King Hackney couldn’t get over himself.

Churches in Floyd County have been canceling Sunday morning services as have other churches and religious bodies across the world, and that should cause us to take notice. First, it demonstrates the serious impact of COVID-19 (coronavirus) is having on our community. We are, after all, talki…

Each of us has times in our lives when we may be challenged or tested.

Robert “King” Hackney exuded confidence without evidence. In conversation, he could bluff most people with his golf prowess and knowledge, though in execution — skill and nuance were absent. King was not a poor golfer, but neither was he accomplished. There always seemed to be a “herk” in hi…

In the church community in Rome, Pastor Michael Faulks of Summer Hill AME Church is known as the “breakfast pastor.” That’s because, on fourth Sundays, he and his wife, Genevieve “Cookie” Faulks, prepare breakfast for church members and the general community.

The trip holds memories and metaphors best remembered. A bus ride up I-75 toward Sweetwater, Tennessee beckoned adventure as we arrived and hiked up a gentle slope to a hidden hole in the ground into which Blake Cheatham and I and a few more father-son pairs descended.

My path to spiritual freedom has been a long and winding one. And, I must admit, although I now know and possess spiritual freedom, I have yet to fully embrace it.

Allowing intrusion to seep through as I’m oft to do — taking a phone call I shouldn’t, saying yes when I should say no, taking on frivolous endeavors, allowing the trivial to creep in — leads down a path going nowhere, designed for procrastination and avoidance, to be busy at all the wrong t…

“As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God? (Psalm 42:1-2, NKJV).

West Rome Baptist Church is hosting a huge Church Yard Sale that will take place March 6 and 7 in The Well at 914 Shorter Ave. The fundraiser is open to the Rome community. The aim is to raise money to support mission trips to Costa Rico, Mexico, South Africa and Las Vegas as well as Youth C…

As I observe Black History Month, I wondered, what were Dr. Martin Luther King’s Teachings on unity?

A theologian and practitioner will discuss faith and perseverance in the global church as part of the Berry College Life and Calling Lecture Series at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 in the Krannert Center Ballroom.

“You will never amount to anything.”

Not sure when I first noticed that I was different, or turning this thought around, that all those other people were different than me. Or was it that we were the same? I don’t think it began at too young an age. After all, Sonny and Bilbo were shirtless 4-year-olds just like me wandering Ro…

The Trinity United Methodist Church’s senior group, The RahRahs, hosted a murder mystery luncheon on Jan. 30. Fifteen members of the group participated and it only took two guesses before they were able to close the case. Susan and Bill Babb presented a slideshow illustrating the difference …

Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 266 Prater Road, Kingston, holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. on Sundays and evening services are at 6 p.m. Wednesday night worship is at 7 p.m.

A new year is always a time when we make resolutions to change our lives for better outcomes.

During those times when life wrenches from me a comfort of which I’ve become fond, and harshness disrupts and confounds me, my mind fades and drifts into the wind that is my friend Daniel’s spirit. Daniel, who was black, was our caddy master at the country club. Unable to read or write, Dani…

“Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,…

For more than a decade now, studies reveal what we in the local congregation know — church attendance is shrinking.

Rome attorney Joel Thornton hopes a pilgrimage to Israel this month will help people find a new, deeper meaning to their Christian faith. Thornton and his cousin, Floyd County Sheriff’s Department Chaplain David Thornton, are leading a group of 31 people to the Holy Land from Jan. 8-18.

“OK, writers. Two minutes.”

In the first seminary course I had, we read Luke 1:38, “Here I am, the servant of the Lord. Let it be to me according to your word.” I had always read this passage as though Mary demurely and unquestioningly acceded to the angel Gabriel’s news.

As I reflect on former Thanksgiving days, how well do I remember those tremendous special dinners.

Searching the other day, not for anything lost, but for something I could not find, I slowed enough to allow clarity to answer my search. I’ve done my best to remind myself as age intrudes I do not have a memory problem. I have a retrieval problem. On this day, retrieval seemed more problema…

Amazing Grace Baptist Church, 266 Prater Road, Kingston, holds Sunday School at 10 a.m. Worship is at 11 a.m. on Sundays and evening services are at 6 p.m. Wednesday night worship is at 7 p.m.

Golf’s simple purpose, made complicated by its attempt, satisfies our desire for pursuit while it frustrates an equal one for beauty and precision in accomplishing it.

Every once in a while, we hear about one of our favorite people behaving badly.

“The answer to that nonsense is that, if what you call your ‘faith’ in Christ does not involve taking the slightest notice of what He says, then it is not Faith at all – not faith or trust in Him, but only intellectual acceptance of some theory about Him.” — C.S. Lewis

One of the greatest privileges, powers and honors which will always provide a way for us not only to survive but to thrive in this world is prayer.

“Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these” (Luke 12:27).

I once met a man who seemed to me